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Jesse Weiner's research and teaching interests encompass Greek and Latin epic poetry, drama and, especially, the many ways in which classical antiquity continues to inform modernity. Weiner has worked as a Latin consultant for Hollywood films and as a scholar with the Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives program. He previously taught classics at Illinois Wesleyan University, California State University Long Beach and the University of California, Irvine, where he earned his doctorate.

Recent Courses Taught

Sexuality and Gender in Greece and Rome
Intermediate Greek: Xenophon's Cyropaedia
Classical Mythology
Advanced Greek: In Defense of Helen
Re-Imagining the Classics
Intermediate Latin: Ovid's Metamorphoses
Elementary Latin

Research Interests

Latin epic poetry, didactic poetry, drama, reception studies


Best Paper (post Ph.D.) in Women's or Gender Studies in Antiquity, Women's Classical Caucus
Theodore Brunner and Luci Berkowitz Graduate Award in Classics: University of California, Irvine

Select Publications

  • Frankenstein and Its Classics: The Modern Prometheus from Antiquity to Science Fiction, co-edited with Brett M. Rogers and Benjamin Eldon Stevens. London: Bloomsbury Academic. 2018.
  • "Across the Great Divide: Classical Epic and the Poetics of Fantasy,” Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy (2017) pp. 25-46
  • “O'Neill's Aeneid: Virgilian Allusion in Mourning Becomes Electra,” International Journal of the Classical Tradition 20, no.1 (2013). pp. 41-60.
  • “Lucretius, Lucan, and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” in Classical Traditions in Science Fiction, B. Rogers and B. Stevens eds, Oxford University Press (2015). pp 46-74.
  • “Mapping Hubris: Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle and Odysseus’ Apologoi,” International Journal of the Classical Tradition 22, no. 1 (2015), pp. 116-37.

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
M.A., University of California, Irvine
B.A., New College of Florida

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